PERFORMANCES and EVENTS
Please join us for this unique season preview celebration!
An evening jam-packed with drinks and hors d'oeuvres in addition to a one-hour whirlwind showcase featuring performances by:
Twin Cities Tap
James Sewell Ballet
Crash Dance Productions
Rhythm Street Movement and
Audiences are invited to witness a unique improvisational experience featuring locally and internationally recognized flamenco dancers and musicians: dancer Illeana Gomez—Texas and Madrid, Spain; dancer Sachiko “La Chayí”—Osaka, Japan and Minneapolis; singer José Cortés Fernández—Marseille, France and Los Angeles; and guitarist Alejandro Pais Iriart—Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain.
Flamenco, in its distinctly southern Spanish tablao-style, offers a twist of spontaneity and skilled improvisation to traditional dance and music, which comes to life through the high-spirited collaboration between the dancer, singer, and guitarist performing together on stage.
Co-presented by Sachiko “La Chayí”, 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow, and Minneapolis-based Arts Nest, CUATRO invites these artists to perform together for the first time in a series of six live performances. True to the roots of flamenco, the artists will perform a unique set for each show.
Please join us for this FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!
Saturday, September 21
Our third annual SWING $Ka Ching$ is a family-friendly fundraiser.
Doors open at 6:00pm.
A short East Coast Swing dance lesson happens at 6:15pm.
Live music from the Capri Big Band plays from 7:00-9:30pm.
We are raising funds through concession sales and an online silent auction.
Free! There is no fee to attend.
All ages are welcome.
8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-$15: pay as able.
Michelle Kranike (Chicago)
BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.
Hosted and curated by Laurie Van Wieren.
In its seventeenth year of supporting dance exploration by local and visiting choreographers, 9x22 Dance/Lab has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.
Come celebrate Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota’s new season and welcome its professional company members and apprentices! Learn about the exciting performances coming up this season; meet and mingle with its Artistic Directors, board, staff, and dancers; enjoy refreshments including "buntinis" donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes; and watch a preview performance by the company!
There will also be many opportunities for you to support TCB throughout the night, including a silent auction, handmade items for sale, and performance tickets available for purchase.
FREE and open to the public!
Families, friends, supporters, and the curious are all welcome!
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Saturday, September 28, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage
The Great Gatsby
with live orchestra.
Choreography by Jorden Morris
Music by Carl Davis
Northrop audiences fell in love with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Mozart in Motion program last fall. We’re delighted to welcome them back with their latest creation, a new ballet based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel The Great Gatsby. Jorden Morris' choreography (last seen here in Moulin Rouge) and Carl Davis' original score celebrate all of the revelry and recklessness of that jazz-age summer on Long Island when married socialite Daisy Buchanan rekindles her romance with the mysterious Jay Gatsby.
Producer, Director and Choreographer Davon Suttles, in partnership with Keane Sense of Rhythm and the Minnesota State Arts Board, presents MELANIZED.
MELANIZED is a multimedia tap show about living as a person of color (POC). Through tap dance, live music, and film we'll address systemic racism. We'll also showcase the beauty that comes with living as a person of color by exploring various art forms created by POCs such as gospel, R&B, and konnakol.
A unique artist market pre-show happens before each performance from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Tickets available for all shows through Brown Paper Tickets.
Proceeds from the Friday, October 11 performance will be donated to the immigrant assistance organization, American Immigration Council.
Thursday, October 3
Friday, October 4
Saturday, October 5
Sunday, October 6
Thursday, October 10
Friday, October 11 - Tickets are pay what you can. Proceeds go to AIC.
Saturday, October 12
Sunday, October 13
In anticipation of TU Dance’s sixteenth season fall concert at The O’Shaughnessy on October 18-20, 2019, please join Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands for an informal in-studio showing at TU Dance Center.
The showing will feature excerpts from the fall concert program which includes two company premieres by Uri Sands. "Something Amber" (2012), originally commissioned by Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, is a full company work inspired by an illustrious string composition by neoclassical composer Vladimir Martynov. "Tracks" (2018), a full company work set to the legendary sounds of R&B music’s The O’Jays and originally commissioned by Ailey II, references the markings, wounds, and scars that our history leaves on us. Also on the program is a reprisal of Ronald K. Brown's "Clear as Tear Water" (2005) and Sands' "Salve" (2017). This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, October 4.
Doors open at 5:00pm.
Showing begins at 5:30pm.
Photo: Michael Slobodian.
Silver Screen Soirée and the TechniColor Me Bad after party
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Elizabeth Redleaf, Honorary Chair
Dan Avchen, Gala Chair
Thomas Pack, After Party Chair
Hollywood showstoppers take center stage at The Cowles Center's annual GOTTA DANCE! Gala and Raze the Barre After Party on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Our city of stars will be shining bright at the Silver Screen Soirée as we pay homage to the magic of the movies. Get red carpet ready and join us for a night fit for the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
After party tickets increase in cost on September 20. Get yours now at the best price possible!
The vibrant and versatile MDT dancers take on works ranging from cutting-edge contemporary to transcendent classical. Featuring new works by Zach Manske and Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, as well as Loyce Houlton’s "Boccherini Dances."
Friday, October 11 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 12* at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 13 at 3:00pm
Friday, October 18* at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 20 at 3:00pm
*Includes post-show discussion.
General admission adults: $35
General admission students/seniors: $25
Priority Seating: $50
Become an MDT Season Subscriber and get 30% off the $35/25 ticket price PLUS priority seating. More information at: http://mndance.org/season-tickets.
Thriving off the success of their first year as a company and school, Ballet Co.Laboratory invites you to the second annual start-of-season performance and fundraiser:
On Our Terms
Saturday, October 12, 2019
at Ballet Co.Laboratory Studios
In 2018, Ballet Co.Laboratory made their debut at this event and it will continue to mark the start of each professional and pre-professional season to come. This in-studio experience serves as a coming-together of the entire community to inspire one another towards our ever-brightening future.
Attendees will see the full company in their first performance of the season alongside upper level students of the School of BCL. There will be sips and bites accompanying a chance to bid on silent auction items. Come eat, mingle with the company, see a performance, and join the Ballet Co.Laboratory family!
Photo: Caroline Yang.
Artist Conversation with Galia Eibenschutz
Monday, October 14 at 7:00 pm
Reception to follow.
Choreographer and performance artist Galia Eibenschutz (Mexico City) has been named the 2019 McKnight International Choreographer. She will be in residence in the Twin Cities and Winona from September 20 to October 18. She will teach workshops, participate in community events, and create a new work expressly for HIJACK and Dancers to be premiered at The Cedar Cultural Center. Galia Eibenschutz is a dance and multimedia artist who has developed a unique body of performance work grounded in improvisation, that combines dance and visual art in an original way. Her distinctive techniques meld movement and drawing.
Back by popular demand!
DanceCo brings its train-themed, family-friendly production Expectation Station to the SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul. Narrated by “Engineer Paul” of the Choo Choo Bob’s Train Show and featuring live music performed by the Roe Family Singers, nine professional dancers and actors perform this one-hour, interactive original narrative that is fun for young and old alike!
A pre-show movement workshop will teach kids about trains as well as movement elements from the production which can be utilized during audience participation.
Daytime shows during MEA Week!
Wednesday-Friday, October 16-18 at 10:00am
Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Sunday, October 20 at 10:00am and 2:00pm
Children ages two through eighteen: $14
Free lap passes for kids under two!
DanceCo will also tour this production to the Schwan Performing Arts Center in Marshall, MN for a public performance on October 26 at 3:00pm, presented by the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council.
Northrop and the Twin Cities Tap Festival present
Saturday, October 19, 7:30 pm
Carlson Family Stage
"Three to One"
After their triumphant Northrop debut in 2015 with The Blues Project, Michelle Dorrance and her remarkable company of dancers return to dispel all of our pre-conceived notions about tap dance and fill the Northrop stage with rhythm and joy! Springing from Dorrance’s prodigious imagination and embodied by an ensemble of dancers as diverse and multi-faceted as tap dance itself, Myelination provides a fitting climax to this year’s Twin Cities Tap Festival.
Inspired by the lush symbolism of Irish poet William Butler Yeats, internationally acclaimed dance artist Maureen Fleming invents surreal movement poetry, curving into shapes of shattering beauty.
Fleming’s new interdisciplinary celebration of femininity combines dance and mesmerizing visual theater in a series of “vision poems.” Fleming juxtaposes her singular movement with geometric moving sculptures and brilliant lighting by longtime collaborator Christopher Odo.
Featuring live music by renowned Irish composer and violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire (founding member of the Frames) and uilleann piper James Mahon, with pianist Bruce Brubaker performing music of Philip Glass.
The Jesuit. The Somnambulist. The Professor. The Acolyte and Madame B.
Not your average guest list! These characters will take the stage for our Halloween performances of Notes from a Seance, a dance-theater work about a 19th century spiritualist who dupes a motley crew of followers into a world of card tricks, soothsaying, and carnal knowledge. Shapiro & Smith's dancers lend their athletic virtuosity to expose a powerful truth that's as real today as 150 years ago: the charlatan leads because the fooled allow it.
The New York Times calls Notes from a Séance “quirky and sharp-witted.” Amidst hysteria and hypnotism, frauds and true-believers, Notes from a Séance is an otherworldly experience.
The performance contains brief nudity.
Trick-or-Treaters in costume are welcome at Thursday's Halloween evening show! See us dance before heading out to your frightful night activities.
October 31-November 2
For tickets and more information: http://www.shapiroandsmithdance.org
WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES
FAMILY DANCE for ages two through four with a parent/guardian
A 45-minute class for parents and their young dancer to explore movement together.
Thursdays, September 12–October 17, 2019
Teaching Artist: Michelle Ludwig
PRE-BALLET for ages four through six
A 45-minute class held once a week for six weeks that introduces dancers to ballet and dance expressions. Dancers will focus on ballet positions, textures of movement, and musicality.
Saturdays, September 21–October 26, 2019
Teaching Artist: Rosa Prigan
Photo: Karin Lynn.
INTRODUCTORY BALLET TECHNIQUE for ages ten through fourteen
A 75-minute class held twice a week for three weeks that introduces dancers to ballet. Dancers will focus on ballet positions, proper alignment, and musicality.
Saturdays; September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26.
Teaching Artist: Zoé Henrot
Photo: Karin Lynn.
Dive into the language of ballet in an introductory ballet class for teens and adults presented through the collaboration of Ballet Co.Laboratory and Alliance Francaise.
Learn the meaning behind the movement vocabulary as well as the movement itself. No dance experience necessary!
Tuesdays, September 24–October 29, 2019
Teaching Artists: Zoé Henrot and Marie Beuvart
Photo by: Karin Lynn.
Register now for TCTF Workshops and Master Classes! Some classes are completely full!
If you'd like to register for a class that's full, please chose the "WAITLIST" for that class.
NOTE: You won't be charged for a waitlisted class unless a space opens up. We'll notify you if you get in.
Twin Cities Tap Fest
October 17-20, 2019
Join us in celebrating our fifth year of classes, concerts and community!
New this year, we’re offering more classes, more artists, and three unique performances!
Festival Showcase: Thursday, October 17 at The Cowles Center
Festival Concert: Friday, October 18 at The Cowles Center
Dorrance Dance: Saturday, October 19 at Northrop.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR ALL THREE PERFORMANCES - DON’T DELAY.
MotionArt is offering workshops for movers of all ages and abilities interested in learning more about their bodies in motion.
The first of the series is Moving Anatomy, an introduction to skeletal and muscle anatomy. Participants will apply this knowledge to increase awareness, learn more efficient movement patterns and help in the prevention of injuries. Instructional methods include the presentation of information, demonstrations using a skeleton and other instructional models, hands on learning, movement exploration, discussion, and reading materials. This workshop is broken down into four sessions:
Spine, Rib Cage, Pelvis: Saturday, September 28, 1:00-4:00pm
Pelvic Girdle, Hips, Thighs: Saturday, October 19, 1:00-4:00pm
Knees, Ankles, Feet: Saturday, November 2, 1:00-4:00pm
Shoulder Girdle, Arms: Saturday, November 16, 1:00-4:00pm
Each session: $35. $125 for the whole workshop.
Pam Gleason, Director of MotionArt, will present the workshop. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and a BS in Health and Safety Education, with Dance and Psychology minors.
2019 McKnight International Choreographer Galia Eibenschutz has developed experimental research on the interaction between drawing and body movement, creating exercises that create links between the act of drawing and moving our body. In her workshops, the body functions as a drawing tool and the drawing as movement notation. Participants develop visual memory, body awareness, and the notion of space-time. Workshops are for anyone interested in exploring links between drawing and movement. All movers welcome; dance experience not required.
Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly recommended at: https://forms.gle/bjJqcreLv3o9FYpUA
Drawing and Movement Workshop: $5
At Studio 5B | The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Saturday, September 21: 10:00am-12:00pm
Saturday, September 28: 10:00am-12:00pm
Saturday, October 5: 10:00am-12:00pm
Saturday, October 12: 10:00am-12:00pm
At The White Page | 3400 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Monday, September 30: 7:00pm-9:00pm
TU Dance Center offers two sessions of six-week adult workshops during the 2019 Fall Session.
Session 1: September 3-October 14
Session 2: October 15-December 2. No classes November 25-December 1.
Cost: $85.00 per six-week workshop, per session. Pre-registration is required for the full six-week session, completed online or in-person at TU Dance Center. $15.00 individual class drop-in rate, cash, check or debit/credit card at TU Dance Center.
Midday Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Evening Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Beginning Doushin Butoh Workshop is designed as a pre-requisite for Doushin Butoh Workshop in order to learn the basic physical methods of Subbody Butoh Method and basic meditation techniques of Spring Forest Qigong.
This workshop will focus on the essential aspects of Doushin Butoh:
- Quiet down the daily consciousness and listen to the subtle body signals.
- Go beyond our physical, psychological, and social bounds in order to create movements that are novel and unique to the individual body.
- Resonate with other bodies.
- Go into meditative state using Spring Forest Qigong techniques.
Doushin Butoh Workshop is a group process and this workshop requires no previous dance experience. Anyone who would like to explore their hidden creative potential is welcome!
2019 schedule, dates are subject to change:
Fourth Term: September 19; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14.
Join Dr. Jonathan Reynolds, PhD, PT, CWCE, for a Q&A and guided self-massage session with the Tola System, a method of self-muscle massage using small trigger point tools.
If you are looking for freedom from chronic pain, increased muscle flexibility, improved joint range of motion, and post-exercise recovery, then this Tola workshop is the seminar for you! If you own Tola supplies, please bring your own to use. ABAA will have Tola supplies to borrow or purchase.
For ages fifteen and older.
This workshop is part of the Mind/Body Self Care Series: select Friday nights, 7:00-8:00pm at Ashley Ballet Arts Academy.
Individual special events for adults and teens, all under the theme of self-care. Each seminar is only $10! Attend three classes in a row and get a free Mind/Body gift.
Pre-registration is required, email your name to email@example.com.
All seminars held in Studio Three at ABAA, payment by check/cash. Please note, a ten-person minimum is required to hold a class.
Learn dances from the classic ballet Giselle!
Experience the timeless choreography, luxuriate in the gorgeous music, and enjoy dancing with an ensemble. Appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels, ages fourteen and up. Pointe shoes optional.
Sunday, September 22 and Sunday, September 29
MDT Studio 6A
Teacher: Jennifer Murry
Registration fee: $50
Fall workshop series: drop-in every Monday for a free class through December 2. No class on Monday, October 7.
Pivotal Moment is a program for young dancers and choreographers to develop their own four-session class series based in a particular technique and/or rooted in an investigation of new choreographic material and ideas. Classes are a welcoming environment for university students, recent graduates, and those new to the Twin Cities dance community to explore material, experiment with teaching, and receive peer-to-peer feedback. Workshops are geared toward intermediate/advanced students, ages eighteen to 26.
Originally from North Carolina, Erika Martin received her undergraduate degree in Modern Dance and American Studies at Connecticut College. Her research investigates identity performance and how experience is manifested in movement.
Fees: before September 16 $499. Regular $549.
ACE (CEP162033 (1.60))
PMA (Prov# 100070, Crs# 9501 (16.0))
Introduction to Pilates and beginning/intermediate exercises.
Balanced Body Mat 1 includes an introduction to the history and principles of Pilates, a review of core anatomy, and beginning and most intermediate level exercises with modifications, lectures on class order and programming in a fitness setting, and guidelines for safely teaching seniors and pre- and post-natal classes.
Pilates for sports-specific activities are also covered.
Prerequisites: Movement Principles
Maureen Fleming is an American choreographer and performance artist whose surreal movement poetry gives birth to a new vision of the body. In this workshop, Fleming will share her distinctive approach to alchemical movement, which opens crevices within and creates an embodied transformation. She will guide you to your deepest creative core, helping you discover and reveal the transcendent that resides in physical form. Her discipline imbues catharsis and alchemy into strength, flexibility, and balance.
This deep, regenerative inner work allows for a more complete realization of your personal and creative vision and is geared twoards dancers, directors, actors, singers, butoh enthusiasts, therapists, and anyone interested in discovering their movement potential.
“Maureen’s ‘inside-out’ training enables you to access deep energetic states to move the body...a completely innovative and pioneering method. An event not to be missed.” —Deborah Jinza Thayer, former student and McKnight Fellow
Ground Breaker Movement Labs and Barbara Mahler present Klein Technique Week: October 5-9, 2019!
Two ways to get your Klein Technique on:
Two Day Mini-Workshop: Barbara Mahler will focus on the theories supporting Klein Technique combined with movement/placement.
$50-$60, sliding scale per day; $100 for both days. $50 deposit will be credited to the cost of workshop.
Saturday, October 5: 3:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday, October 6: 2:00-4:30pm
Email contact to express interest.
Drop-in Stretch and Placement class: Daily Klein Technique.
$15-$20 per day.
Monday, October 7: 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, October 8: 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, October 9: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Klein Technique/stretch and placement class works on the interface of dance technique and bodywork, bringing a deep understanding to the experience of the body. It is a process of self-discovery in an environment of thoughtful, slow, deep work, integrating theory and work on the body while layering and inviting the process of change. It is a practice for the body and the mind.
AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS
Casting male dancers for COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company's production of Romeo & Juliet.
POC highly encouraged to audition!
Performances are February 14-23, 2020.
Rehearsals are December/January, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-2:30pm.
Email your resume, headshot and any video to firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps.
Off-Leash Area is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant for long-term employment. Average of five hours per week, $16 per hour minimum.
Minimum of two years general office experience.
Office software experience with following or similar software and platforms: FilemakerPro database, Mailchimp email platform, Quickbooks, Weebly/Wix or other second party web platform, MS Word and Excel. Familiarity with social networking sites and their use in marketing. Experience with grant writing a plus though not necessary.
Working profile: Ability to organize and prioritize responsibilities, create and follow a calendar of responsibilities, manage details, communicate clearly and directly, has strong creative writing skills, and works professionally in an informal atmosphere with a flexible schedule.
Off-Leash Area is hiring a part-time Development Assistant for a nine-month period, with the hope of extending to a permanent position. Flexible hours, up to ten hours per week throughout the nine-month period.
Develop community relationships:
Collaborate with the Artistic Directors to develop lists of potential partner organizations for each OLA program, and help establish and facilitate relationship building with compatible partners.
Identify local small business and corporate donors and sponsors. Assist in grant writing. Work with the ADs to develop a business sponsorship plan.
Develop potential income streams:
Facilitate formal discussions with board, staff, and advisers to devise new funding or income streams for the organization, leveraging the Off-Leash Art Box as the primary asset.
$20-$50 per hour, depending on experience.
Audition for A Minnesota Nutcracker, the beloved holiday classic with a Minnesota twist!
Consisting of a cast of approximately 120, TCB's A Minnesota Nutcracker is seen by over six thousand audience members over a single weekend each year and has become one of the most attended and cherished annual professional holiday events in the Twin Cities. Every year TCB also performs a special matinee performance of A Minnesota Nutcracker for seniors and elementary and special education students in the area.
12:30pm: Audition for A Minnesota Nutcracker at Ames Center
12:00pm-1:00pm: Mandatory Parent’s Meeting
12:30-1:30pm: Audition for Dancers YBI-YBIV, or ages twelve and under if non-Ballet Royale student.
1:30-3:00pm: Audition for AYI and higher, or ages thirteen and older if non-Ballet Royale student.
Audition fee: $25. Please bring check or cash day-of.
SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS
Minnesota Dance Theatre has three studios available for hourly rental. The studios are located on the sixth floor at the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts. All studios have sprung floors covered with Marley, mirrors, ballet barres, a piano, and a sound system.
Studio 6A: 3286 square feet; approximately 45' x 65'
Studio 6B: 1563 square feet; approximately 27' x 53'
Studio 6C: 929 square feet; approximately 15' x 38'
Rates for artists and nonprofit rehearsal:
Studio 6A: $15/hour
Studio 6B: $12.50/hour
Studio 6C: $10/hour
To schedule a artist/nonprofit rental: https://goo.gl/forms/IQbjybxObCJvIp9D2
Rates for auditions and classes:
Studio 6A: $30/hour
Studio 6B: $25/hour
Studio 6C: $20/hour
To schedule an audition/class rental: https://goo.gl/forms/geMQt4tcclpZ20lb2
Rental fees may be paid with cash, check, or credit card. Make checks payable to MDT. A three percent processing fee is added to credit card purchases.
Three beautiful new studios are available for rent at Ballet Co.Laboratory.
Studio One and Studio Two are 52 feet by 25 feet. Studio Three is 32 feet by 25 feet. We have two gender neutral restrooms, changing rooms, and a comfortable lobby space with wifi access and ample seating. The entire facility is HVAC heated and cooled. Free parking available in front of the studio.
Photo: Karin Lynn.
The Jawaahir Dance Company Minneapolis location is conveniently located at 3010 Minnehaha Ave next door to the police station. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Fully handicapped accessible. $20 per hour.*
The Bloomington location is 9050 Lyndale Ave in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Floor is tile on concrete—NOT a sprung wood dance floor. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area. Free parking in lot. Not handicapped accessible. $15 per hour.*
*Rates quoted are for dance-related rentals only. Rental fees may change at the discretion of Jawaahir Dance Company. Sorry, no Irish shoes or tap shoes permitted.
The Cowles Center offers affordable office space leasing in the historic Masonic Temple building. Spaces range in size from 150 square feet to 2000 square feet. If you would like to learn more information about leasing office space at The Cowles Center or would like to set up an appointment to view available spaces, please contact email@example.com
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts serves as Minnesota’s flagship for dance, presenting world-class productions from our dynamic professional dance scene and providing administrative, rehearsal, and studio space at 50% below market value for non-profit dance, performing arts, and cultural organizations.
The Cowles Center has three studio spaces available for rent as well as a conference room. All studios have sprung floors and access to a sound system.
All reservations are managed through The Cowles Center Booking Calendar. After filling out a one-time renter profile form, an invitation is sent to set up an account. Once you receive a booking invitation, you will be able to manage all reservations, cancellations, and payments on your own. Users may use the rental calendar to book now and pay later by saving a valid debit or credit card to their rental account. Bookings will be charged after the cancellation notice time frame has expired.
View the Cowles Center Booking Calendar:
Fill out a Renter Profile Form: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/spaces/rent-studio-conference-room-space
TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.
TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio One) and 21x46 feet (Studio Two) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings, and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette, dressing room, and free off-street parking.
TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Ave, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.
Expose your students to a professional dance environment with a field trip to TU Dance Center.
Students will tour TU Dance Center, have conversations with members of TU Dance company, watch the rehearsal process, come onto the dance floor for a brief movement exploration, and have a short Q&A.
This may also be combined with a dance class for students in our upstairs studio upon request.
Schedule this visit on its own or in conjunction with one of our educational performances for a more in-depth, comprehensive experience.
The Cowles Center is excited to partner with UCare to open up a discussion and provide free one-on-one health plan consultations as part of the Roundtable Discussion Series. The people-powered team at UCare is making the rounds to de-complicate health care for artists. Join The Cowles Center and UCare over lunch on Thursday, September 26 to discuss health coverage information and helpful tips, plus answer all your questions! Lunch will be provided.
Roundtable Discussion: 11:45am-1:00pm
Target Education Studio, second floor.
At this free event, you will: Learn about different types of coverage and health plan terminology; understand how to qualify for subsidies; know how to enroll in MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace; and feel confident in preparing for open enrollment this fall.
One-on-one Health Plan Consultations: 1:00 pm-5:00pm
Suite 200, second floor.
Sign up for a free 30-minute consultation with a UCare representative.
Want to discuss opportunities for individual dance artists? Need to understand press kits for your next show? Trying to revise your teaching artist curriculum? Don’t know where to start with individual donations?
Free 30-minute consultations with The Cowles Center’s administrative staff. Participants can sign up to discuss a grant they're writing, connect with marketing on tips to promote a show, or touch base with the education and community engagement staff about outreach opportunities and career development.
Occurs every second Wednesday of the month, 9:00am-5:00pm
Registration required: https://www.thecowlescenter.org/community-engagement/open-office-hours
Erin Thompson teaches advanced level modern/contemporary dance classes at Zenon. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the ground in locomotion.
Advanced Modern/Contemporary at Zenon
with Dean Magraw on guitar!
Katha Dance Theatre was founded over 30 years ago with the intention of making Kathak dance accessible and relevant in Minnesota. Today, it is still working toward that mission through providing Minnesotans with Kathak dance education from some of the art form's greatest performers. Now in two locations, KDT offers world-class educational programs to dancers of all abilities and skill levels. Join us in the studio and learn more about this elegant, exhilarating form of classical Indian dance.
The fall session is currently underway at KDT's St. Louis Park studio and at our new Woodbury satellite location, Stage Left Dance Co.
The full schedule, featuring options for absolute beginners to advanced Kathak dancers ages six and above, is available at http://www.kathadance.org. Classes occur on weekends and weekday evenings. Come join our welcoming community!
If you have Kathak experience but are new to KDT, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine your class placement.
MDT's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens ages sixteen and older.
• Classes seven days a week
• All levels
• Piano accompaniment
• Spacious studios in the heart of Minneapolis
• A noncompetitive atmosphere
Monday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm
Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm
BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I and II - Preregistration required
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
January 7, 2020–March 26, 2020, twelve weeks
April 7, 2020–June 25, 2020, twelve weeks
July 7, 2020–August 27, 2020, eight weeks
GENTLE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older.
INTERMEDIATE TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00pm, pointe class following
Saturdays, 10:30–12:00pm, pointe class following
TEEN/ADULT PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE CONDITIONING for ages twelve and older
TEEN/ADULT BALLET CONDITIONING for ages twelve and older
ADVANCED TEEN/ADULT BALLET for ages fifteen and older
BEGINNING BALLET 2
Teaching artists include: Anna Goodrich, Jeffrey Hankinson, Zoé Henrot, Justin Leaf, Christian Warner, and Leah Gallas. Class cards available.
Photo: Karin Lynn.
Ballet Co.Laboratory's mission is to create, develop, and inspire artists and communities through collaboration with the art of ballet. Interested in signing up for the Full-Term Program? We offer serious classical ballet training for ages seven through eighteen. Collectively, our staff brings over 80 years of ballet instruction to our studios.
Level 1: Ages seven through nine
Level 2: Ages ten through thirteen
Level 3: Ages eleven through fifteen
Level 4: Ages thirteen and older
Level 5: Ages fourteen and older
Weekly classes include technique, pointe, and repertory. Multiple performance opportunities offered throughout the year. Head to our website for more information.
Photo: Karin Lynn.
BEGINNING MEN’S TECHNIQUE for ages eleven through eighteen
A class for male dancers to dive into technical training that will deepen their understanding of their dancing.
Students must take the one-hour Level 3 Technique class before Men’s Technique to be warm and ready for turns and jumps.
Saturdays, September 2019–May 2020
2:30-3:30pm, after the 1:30-2:30pm Level 3 Technique class.
Photo: Karin Lynn.
This drop-in class is inspired by three ideas at the heart of jazz and other American social dance-inspired forms: groove, interaction and improvisation. Rhythmically Speaking values and situates jazz dance as an amalgam of Africanist and Europeanist ideas with contributions from many other parts of the world and gives particular focus to Africanist base elements, including groundedness and high-affect juxtaposition of dynamics, while putting jazz and jazz-related musics at the center of class. All are welcome at this open teen/adult class that skews intermediate/advanced in level.
Mondays, 7:00–8:30 pm; starting October 7, 2019.
Teaching Artist: Erinn Liebhard
Midwest School of Ballet is offering Beginning/Intermediate Teen/Adult Ballet!
Fall classes began September 14. On-going registration accepted. Drop-ins are welcome.
BEGINNING ADULT BALLET
Edina Community Center (ECC) with Angela Ericson.
Learn the basics of ballet alongside other teens/adults in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Ballet classes are a great way to gain strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, and reduce stress.
BEGINNING II/INTERMEDIATE BALLET
PIM with Lara Ciganko
PIM with Lara Ciganko
PIM with Lara Ciganko
Midwest School of Ballet offers classes for all ages.
BALLET FUNDAMENTALS I, II, III for ages three through eight: Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. Moving up into levels builds further into infusing elements that will prepare them for the traditional ballet class format.
BALLET LEVEL I, II, III for ages eight and older: The traditional ballet format of barre and center work is emphasized with proper alignment, technique, musicality, and artistry. Student musicality and quality of movement is developed to produce artistic distinction and expression between supple, graceful, strong, and bounding movement.
PRE-POINTE/POINTE for Levels II+.
MODERN for ages ten and older.
ADULT and TEEN:
Ballet for Teens and Athletes
Beginning Adult Ballet
Classes held at:
Performing Institute of Minnesota (PIM) | 7255 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Edina Community Center (ECC) | 5701 Normandale Ave, Edina, MN
MotionArt focuses on nurturing children’s individual creativity while facilitating their understanding of the dance elements of space, time, and energy. Children ages three to five explore these elements through playful, structured activities allowing them to expand their movement vocabulary, develop body awareness and gain self-confidence. Children ages five through seven explore the dance elements while being introduced to new movement skills and creating their own dances. Children ages seven to twelve expand their creative and kinesthetic awareness while learning basic technical skills and modern dance movement vocabulary, as well as improvising and choreographing their own dances. No previous experience necessary for any age category.
Ages three through five:
Wednesdays, 9:00-9:45 AM: September 18-November 13
Fridays, 10:15-11:00 AM: September 20-November 15
Ages five through seven:
Saturdays, 11:30-12:15 PM: September 21-November 16
Ages seven through nine:
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM
Ages ten through twelve:
Fridays, 4:30-5:30 PM
September 20-November 15
MotionArt’s mission is to share the art of dance and the joy of movement with people of all ages and abilities. We strive to enrich lives by fostering creativity, body awareness, and self-expression in a fun, non-competitive, welcoming environment. Classes begin with floor and standing warm-up to strengthen, stretch and balance the body. Included are sequences that focus on joint articulation, balance, foot work, and preparing the body to move through space. Concepts drawn from the infinite possibilities of time, space and energy are explored through given movement combinations and improvisation.
Center for Performing Arts - CFPA | 3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Lake Harriet Spiritual Center - LHSC | 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
INTERMEDIATE ADULT MODERN
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:45 AM at CFPA. Cost $15.
MIXED LEVEL ADULT MODERN
Saturdays, 4:00-5:30 PM at CFPA. Cost $15.
DANCE FOR THE AGELESS
Mondays, 5:00-6:15 PM at LHSC.
Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 PM at CFPA. Cost $15
We know the kind of classes you want—the kind you can't find anywhere else in Minneapolis.
Our classes include commercial jazz, Hip Hop Fundamentals, bodyART, contemporary, and much, much more.
Head over to our website to see our full list of classes and to register: https://evolutionstudiomn.com/
Ballet with Riley Thomas Weber
Theater Jazz with Regina Peluso
ADULT/TEEN DROP-IN CLASSES
Interested in improving your jazz dance technique? Want to brush up on your skills before your next audition? A bit rusty but want to get back in shape? Looking to just dance for the “JOD” (Joy of Dance)? Our Adult/Teen Open Classes are the perfect fit!
5:30-6:30pm: Beginning Tap with Rush Benson
6:30-7:30pm: Intermediate Tap with Rush Benson
7:30-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Theater Jazz with Rush and Regina, alternating
6:00-7:30pm: Intermediate Jazz with Chelsea
7:30-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe with Heather
7:30-9:00pm: Beginning/Intermediate Theater Jazz with Chelsea
5:30-7:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Jazz with Regina and Andrea, alternating
7:00-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe with Hannah
6:00-7:30pm: Adult Basic Ballet with Hannah *** OCTOBER
6:00-7:30pm: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary with Elayna
7:30-9:00pm: Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe with Hannah
12:30-2:00: Intermediate/Advanced Acting in Motion with Shelli
Threads offers open company class for ages sixteen and older, intermediate through professional level.
Contemporary Ballet with Leah Gallas
Leah will be teaching a ballet technique class focused on alignment, musicality and dynamics within the ballet vocabulary.
Tuesdays, September 17 and 24
Contemporary Dance with Leila Awadallah
This class utilizes elements from dance practices in Arab lands, within a contemporary/experimental framework. The movement material will depart into a more contemporary dance structure as we intertwine and experiment with ideas from the Raks Sharqia and Dabke forms.
Thursdays, September 19 and 26
$15.00, cash or check.
We'll have additional class offerings in October. To receive updates on Open Company Classes, join the Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/threadsopenclass
Zenon Dance School's Fall Session!
September 9–December 22
Zenon offers an impressive array of classes in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, house dance, African dance, belly dance, contact improvisation, and yoga. Known for our comfortable atmosphere and reasonable class rates, Zenon welcomes all dancers, regardless of age, ability, or experience. Classes are taught by the area’s leading independent instructors who bring out the unique potential of each student, from the beginning child or adult to the professional-level dancer.
DROP-INS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME: $15 per class
Ten-class cards: $140. Saves $1/class.
Enrollment: $195. Saves $2/class.
Professional rate: $1 off advanced level classes.
For more information and NEW classes visit https://zenondance.org/class-schedule/
TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga, improvisation, and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.
Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Berit Ahlgren, Wendy Anderson, Kenna-Camara Cottman, Penny Freeh, Laurel Keen, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Kerry Parker and Abdo Sayegh.
For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card.
Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side. There is free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center.
Photo: Jeffrey Stene.
Young Dance offers creative movement, modern, ballet, choreography, hip hop, West African dance, contemporary Indian dance, Haitian dance, and all abilities dancing for individuals living with and without disabilities. Students of all levels and backgrounds enjoy our collaborative and creative approach to dance! Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to all interested participants.
Join us this year in our new space at the CO•MOTION Center for Movement.
Our academic year programming runs September 19, 2019-May 16, 2020. All of our classes are taught by professional artists and dance educators with post-secondary degree education. Three performances are scheduled during the academic school year to showcase what the students have been working on in their classes.
Visit http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule for class schedule and registration details.
Join Young Dance for Dance Together on Mondays and Wednesdays starting September 23.
Children and their caregivers discover the joys of dance through movement games, stories, and songs. These early classes introduce children to group learning environments, while using movement to develop strong bonds with their caregivers and cooperatively work with others in the class. Children also develop large and fine motor skills in classes that emphasize observation, exploration, manipulation, imitation, and repetition. For children ages one to three with a caregiver. Crawlers and walkers welcome.
Classes are held at the new Young Dance studios in the CO•MOTION Center for Movement.
Mondays, 10:00-10:45 a.m., starting September 23.
Taught by YD instructor Gretchen Pick
Wednesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m., starting September 25.
Taught by YD instructor Julia Davidson
To register and for more information, visit http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule.
Young Dance programming integrates individuals living with and without disabilities as equal participants in the exploration, creation, and performance of dance. Specific All Abilities Dancing classes offer an environment that focuses on working together, learning from each other, and communicating through each individual’s unique movement language. Classes start this Thursday, Sept 19.
All Abilities Dancing One - for ages seven to eleven
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm
This class focuses on positive body awareness, creativity, teamwork, motor coordination and personal expression. Taught by Charisse Ponder and Kathleen Pender.
All Abilities Dancing Two for ages eleven and older
Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 pm
Participants develop skills in improvisation, partnering, and choreography, with an emphasis on communication, collaboration, and performance. Taught by Gretchen Pick, Andrea Zimmerman, and Charisse Ponder.
To register and for more information, visit: http://www.youngdance.org/class-schedule
Ballet Royale Minnesota offers classes for all ages, including teens and adults of every level of experience. Adult Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes are designed for teens and adults with no or very limited ballet or modern experience. Adult Open Ballet classes are geared toward the intermediate level teen or adult dancer with some prior ballet experience on a flexible, balanced level.
New this year - Progressing Ballet Technique for Adults!
Monday: 7:30-8:30pm - Ballet for Teens
Tuesday: 7:45-9:00pm - Adult Beginning Ballet
Thursday: 7:00-8:30pm - Adult/Teen Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Thursday: 7:00-9:00pm - Adult/Teen Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Pointe
Saturday: 8:00-9:00am - Adult Progressing Ballet Technique®
Please contact us for morning and more advanced class options!
Ballet Royale is celebrating our first ten years as Minnesota's premier ballet academy for students of all ages!
We provide the best classical ballet training combined with cutting edge anatomical/physiological advances and knowledge in a healthy, nurturing and non-competitive environment.
You can still sign up for all classes, from Mommy/Daddy and Me through our Pre-Professional Performance Track program, Adult/Teen classes, and our FREE Boys Program!
To view our full offerings, please visit our website at http://www.BalletRoyaleMN.org or call us today.
We would love for you to come dance with us!
There are still openings in Ballet Royale's FREE Boys' Ballet program!
Unique in Minnesota, this innovative program is designed specifically for boys and taught by male teachers. Ballet Royale understands the importance of providing targeted opportunities for boys in addition to the myriad of mixed classes available to both genders. To this end, Ballet Royale offers FREE boys' classes for Pre-Ballet Creative Dance, general Boys' Dance cross training, and Ballet for Boys.
Ballet Royale’s boys' classes are for students five and older, with or without prior dance experience, and are developed and taught primarily by former professional dancer Rick Vogt. These classes focus on strength, stamina, conditioning, coordination, focus, and agility in a fun, creative atmosphere. Whether the goal is to pursue dance itself or to cross-train for other sports such as hockey, soccer, football, etc., Ballet Royale’s Boys' Dance training benefits boys of all ages and abilities.
The Open Space is offering Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) with Lindsay Forsythe on Monday and Thursday mornings:
This is an hour-long authentic movement meditation, with a structure in three parts: the first 20 minutes is sitting/stillness, the second 20 minutes is personal awareness practice/authentic movement, and the third 20 minutes is open space/group authentic movement. Please bring a pillow, blanket, or bolster for your personal sitting comfort if you have one, otherwise one will be provided. Please visit The Open Space on Facebook to read a more detailed description of the practice, or visit www.citwincities.com/theopenspace.
$5-10 suggested donation.
Anyone can do it!
Don’t You Feel It Too? is the simple and beautiful act of dancing your inner life in public. It is a form of movement meditation that transforms the self while taking action in the world. Participants feel stress relief, resilience, compassion, connection, and belonging.
Thursday, September 19
Peavey Plaza | 1100 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tuesday, September 24
Rondo Community Library | 461 Dale St N, St. Paul, MN 55103
Meet in the entryway of Rondo Library.
Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is necessary. The session is 90 minutes long: 5:30-7:00PM.
BRING: your favorite pocket music and earbuds. We’ll have extra earbuds if you forget. Wear good shoes for moving on pavement and dress for weather.
Blake Nellis is teaching Contact Improvisation for all levels of movers at The Open Space.
$10-20, sliding scale.
From the CITC (Contact Improvisation Twin Cities) guidelines:
What is Contact Improvisation?
There is much to say, because the form is continually evolving. But in short, CI is a social movement practice involving the exploration and research of one’s body in relationship to the floor, space, and others through movement awareness, touch, and sharing weight. Techniques include rolling point of contact, sliding, giving and receiving weight with a shared center of gravity, following momentum, and listening with body and senses. The form welcomes people of all abilities, races, genders, and places of origin.
You heard it here: you've now got an extra half hour to sleep in/get it together at the end of the week because Friday Morning Jazz is now 10:00-11:30am!
Karla Grotting and Erinn Liebhard are excited to continue this class with Zenon during their Fall Session, which will run every Friday from now through December 20. Come get your groove on with Karla this week!
Friday Morning Jazz is a collaboration between not only Erinn and Karla and Zenon, but also the fabulous guest teachers who bring their unique perspectives to class. Stay tuned to this newsletter and our Facebook page to hear more about guest teachers as we announce them.
Also: Intermediate Ballet with Penny Freeh happens in Zenon 4B at noon, so pack a lunch and stick around to enjoy a jazz and ballet class combo pack!
See you Friday!
Company Class with SPARK is a creative safety zone for professional performers to hone acting, dancing and ensemble skills in a weekly workshop. Class begins with a dance warm-up, followed by either a dance phrase, short choreography assignment, or ensemble experiments. Class concludes with theater games, exercises, and/or exploration.
Following Company Class with SPARK, class participants have the option to participate in explorations led by Artistic Directors Corey and Betsy Mills during SPARK Lab from 11:30am-12:30pm.
Take advantage of the free parking and come play with us in CREO's beautiful, sprung-floor studio!
This weekly contact improvisation jam will begin with a focused warm-up led by some of the most experienced movers in the Twin Cities. We will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other, focusing on mass, gravity, momentum, and inertia. We will train in sensory awareness, partnering skills, and improvisation. Warm-up will be playful, meditative, and acrobatic. An open jam follows.
The Underscore is a long-form improvisation structure created by Nancy Stark Smith. It progresses through states, ranging from internal exploration and connectivity to the earth, to energetic interactive dancing with others. A talk-through at the beginning and a "map" taped to the wall depicting over 20 symbols and their definitions will guide the dance.
September 23: Warm-up and jam
6:30-9:00pm. Doors at 6:00pm.
All are welcome!
Fall Session begins on Monday, October 7 and runs for ten weeks.
Belly dance is a great total body workout that builds strength, is easy on your joints, and increases your flexibility.
You will learn basic movements and then build upon them.
Beginning classes are $160 for the ten-week session. Make up classes may be made up during fall session only.
Class Passes: We also have monthly class passes that allow students to take unlimited classes within a calendar month for $105 for beginner-level classes.
Drop-In: You may come to class and pay $18 each time you attend. Registration is open for you now at http://www.cassandraschool.com!
Please visit our website often to check “Today's Classes” for any notifications or cancellations that may occur for your class.
Classes are at these locations:
In Minneapolis at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, within the Hook & Ladder complex.
In Bloomington at 9050 Lyndale Ave S, in the Great Bear Center.